Things are set to get even worse for Diesel cars. A new study has warned that sales are set to plunge even further and will account for just 15% of the UK market share by 2025 – a drop of 35% from a 50% peak.
Professor David Bailey of Aston University, who conducted the survey, said ‘environmental pressures and consumer confusion’ was driving the ‘slow death’ of diesel.
He urged the UK government to further encourage UK car buyers toward electric vehicles by setting up a diesel scrappage scheme.
“The time is right for the government to take the initiative and offer up scrappage benefits to those who are prepared to ditch their diesels and switch to electric cars,” he said.
Figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) showed sales of new Diesel Cars fell 17.1% last year as higher taxes and pollution fears hit demand.
A further drop of 10% in sales is expected this year, with diesel set to account for less than a third of the market by 2020.
Confusion about the future of the fuel source has led to a backlash against the cars, said the SMMT. Higher taxes have also had an effect on demand.
The recent budget (November) saw diesel sales fall by nearly a third after the Chancellor announced a levy on new diesel cars, in effect from April.
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